Changes to downloading e-books from Dawsonera *revised*

The process for downloading e-books from Dawsonera is changing. You may
have already noticed this change for some Dawsonera e-books and it will
apply to all Dawsonera e-books from 31st October 2017.

From a SGUL desktop computer or laptop

We advise you to use the read online option if you are
using a university computer or library laptop to access Dawsonera e-books.

From your own computer or mobile device

If you want to download a Dawsonera e-book onto your own desktop computer,
laptop, or mobile device, you will need to install free software as
described below.

  • To download Dawsonera e-books to your own desktop or laptop, you will
    need to install Adobe Digital Editions (ADE).
  • To download Dawsonera e-books to an iOS (Apple) or Android device, you
    will need to first download the BlueFire Reader app, which is available from the Apple and Google play stores.
  • How to download ADE or BlueFire Reader and access your Dawsonera e-book:
    1. Create an Adobe ID if you don’t already have one. Visit theAdobe website, click “ Sign in”, then “Get an Adobe ID”. Fill in the online form to sign up for an ID.
    2. Download ADE or BlueFire Reader, and authorise the software with your Adobe ID.
    3. Access the e-book on Dawsonera as normal, and choose to download to
      either Adobe Digital Editions or BlueFire Reader as appropriate.
  • Adobe have also provided this clip on how to create an Adobe ID

MyiLibrary e-books: browser issues

We’re currently experiencing a problem with MyiLibrary e-books not loading in Firefox.

If you experience an issue with accessing e-books please use Internet ExplorerOther e-book platforms such as Oxford and DawsonEra are not affected.

Firefox is the default browser on SGUL onsite computers.  You can access Internet Explorer by  clicking on the Windows icon on the task bar and selecting  ‘All Programs’.

Reading Dawson e-books within the Firefox browser.

If you are using the Mozilla Firefox browser, there are a few settings you can change so that e-books display properly within your browser.

In Firefox go to:  Tools > Options

choose tools then options in Firefox

In the window that pops up, choose the ‘Application’ tab and change  ALL FOUR  Adobe Acrobat settings in the Content Type list to:

“Use Adobe Acrobat (in Firefox)”

change all adobe acrobat settings to  read adobe acrobat (in Firefox)

You may also need to change the settings in Adobe Acrobat Reader.


Edit > Preferences > Internet

From there make sure that the ‘Display PDF in browser’ check box has been ticked.

make sure adobe acrobat disploy pdf in browser checkbox is ticked

After doing this, PDFs should open within the browser if you are using Firefox.